Beaches, adrenaline sports, incredible landscapes. Like this Fuerteventura it surprises those who come to visit it and it is no coincidence that this island, one of the most beautiful of the Canaries has been since 2009 fromUnesco declared Biosphere Reserve. And also thanks to this recognition, the name of the island has become more and more known, attracting many people intrigued by the many things that it is possible to do and see in Fuerteventura.
Post less than 100km from the northwest coast of Africa obviously influenced by the neighboring continent and its people live at a leisurely pace, in harmony with its beautiful nature. The beaches then I am its greatest tourist resource but I am not the only one even if it is useless to hide the reality: among all the things that can be done and seen in Fuerteventura the waves, the wind and the ballet of the windsurfing they are among those who go to the first place in the ranking of many.
What to do and see in Fuerteventura: the archipelago in miniature
Our little journey starts from the island of Lobos. And it is not a case. From the port of Corralejoleaves every day on ferry directed precisely to the island of Lobos which is certainly not a giant with its area of about 4 square kilometers. But it is a small piece of land where natural beauty is protected in every form. Indeed, it is said that theLobos Island is a miniature representation of the most beautiful natural attractions of Islands Canaries.
How to say: a summary of the power and strength of thearchipelago. Here you will find then a volcano, natural lagoonssome traits of beach hauntingly beautiful and also the perfect beacon for that last souvenir photo.
This jewel must be protected and when you go around you cannot leave the path bordered by gray stones. Along the way – the journey takes about an hour – you will come across the volcano Caldera – with his own 127 meters is also the highest point of the island – the turquoise waters of the beach El Puertito and a few houses: the island is in fact uninhabited but for those who want to be comfortable there is a small restaurant. But remember to book or you will be left dry. Alternatively, bring water, some food and a masksnorkelling. You will not be disappointed.
Windsurfing on the Jandía peninsula
This peninsula is located not far from Playa de Sotavento, and extends to the south of the island. It was once a real islet but the wind and the tides have played their part and now the sea has given way to land along what is called theIsthmus of the Wall. But wanting to clarify better know that we are talking about a wall. But of sand. It is no coincidence that this peninsula is one of the most beautiful areas of Fuerteventura; the landscapes are lovely, and its spectacular beaches – really very extensive both in length and in width – they are made of very fine white sand, bathed by a crystalline sea.
The intensity of the wind means that courses and competitions are frequently held windsurfing And kite and this attracts many sportsmen, in particular Germans and English. Paradoxically, Spaniards are few even among the managers and owners of bars and restaurants. There are several beaches not to be missed: among these is the beach of Pajara with in the center the Matorral lighthouseloved by naturists and not only, while the beaches of DeBarlovento And De Cofetand are much less comfortable to reach and the sea is often lively. The point of reference for this area is the locality of Morro Jable which in the past was a quiet fishing village.
Now it is a well-equipped and crowded holiday resort with everything Nordics dream of on holiday. If this is the negative aspect, the positive one is given by the 25 km of windswept beach. There will be a reason if a trial of the is disputed here World Championship of windsurfing, right?
The sea from above: Mount Tindaya
The mountain Tindaya which is near The Olive, in the northwest of the island. This locality has a long history of importance to the islands Canaries but today it is certainly not striking for its charm. There are a church like that of Our Lady and the town hall that is called House of the Coroneles but not much else: better then to focus on the nearby beaches like that of Los Charcos (there are more than one, recognizable by a number), Punta Blanca, El Rosadero and Calas del Puertito. They are windy and quite wild and after the visit you can leave to discover the mountain that was once sacred to the indigenous people who inhabited Fuerteventura.
This is confirmed by more than 300 engravings found by analyzing its stone walls 400 meters high. The mountain Tindaya it is arid, barren like the surrounding countryside but it is also a protected area of great archaeological value. For this reason it is forbidden to go up without being authorized by the Consejeria of the Middle Environment of the Insular Cabildo. One detail: the mountain can be seen from practically every point and also serves as a reference for travelling.
If in Fuerteventura you want an uphill hike at all costs, go to Calderón Hondo. It is a series of volcanoes that you encounter while traveling in the direction of Lajares and coming from Corralejo and can be climbed by virtually anyone. In addition to being fascinating, they are important to the island. At least 50,000 years ago they were unleashed and in addition to giving life to theLobos Island they enlarged the surface of Fuerteventura. Among these cones the best to visit is precisely the Calderón Hondo whose top, 275 meters high, can be reached in 45 minutes on foot.
From the summit you can admire the view of the crater and the other volcanoes and most of the north of the island Fuerteventura. Also, look around: sooner or later some squirrels will come looking for food. They are called Ardillas and around you will also see birds of prey and groups of goats grazing peacefully.
Walking in the capital
A dutiful mention in our list of what to do and see in Fuerteventura goes to the capital, Puerto del Rosario. It is located about 5 minutes from the airport and is a pleasant city, spread around a bay and today devoted to tourism. When she was born she was called Puerto de Cabras and it did not take long to develop as a port and trading centre. The traces of those times are in the traditional buildings that are located around the old port and in the historic center where you meet the church of Our Lady of the Rosary. A closer look deserves the white houses of the center which then emerge on the seafront where the il stands out Escultoric Park.
It is basically an open-air museum, which collects the works of one of the local artists, the sculptor Juan Bordes. From the capital you can reach beautiful beaches such as Playa Blanca or Puerto Escondido and El Pertito. Even further away we finally arrive at the tourist village of Corralejo. In the evening at Puerto del Rosario offers entertainment and social life for those who do not like to sleep early.
What to see in Fuerteventura: the strangest museums
During your visit to the island, take a few minutes to discover theEcomuseum of La Alcogidawhere it is possible to discover aspects of rural life on the island by visiting seven typical houses of Fuerteventura and the Salt Museum Salinas del Carmen.
In these restored salt pans, in the middle of a fishing village, you will see live the salt harvesting process as it used to be when the harvest of sea salt involved hundreds of people. A small museum will explain the history of salt, medicinal uses and other more bizarre beliefs. This is also a good place to see live the many species of birds that nest in the shallow waters on their migratory routes.
The dunes like in the desert
Finally our trip to Fuerteventura brings us to Corralejo Natural Park. It comes along with that of Maspalomas (on Gran Canaria), of the largest expanse of dunes of the archipelago of Canaries. These large dunes are formed by sand and the remains of molluscs and shells that have accumulated over the millennia and occupy an area of 2,700 hectares on the northern tip of Fuerteventura.
If the northern part fascinates for its dunes, to the south there is instead a volcanic landscape with warm colors, with stony and ancient shapes. It’s easy to get there: just follow the FV-1 road and stop at the edge. If you want to see the dunes, bring a beach towel and little else. If you want to go and touch the volcanic landscape it is also advisable to bring shoes suitable for climbing the 300 meters of the Red Mountain. Here you take the photo of the island around you and the twins Lanzarote and La Graciosa which in the distance appear to come out of the waters. They look like a mirage. But I’m not.